Most superficial skin infectious conditions are harmless and are easily treatable, while certain others are worrisome in the sense that they are highly contagious. A simple handshake or sharing a comb can transfer the bacteria causing infection to others.
Likewise, impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that presents itself as fluid oozing blisters, crusty and sometimes painful sores.
What is Impetigo ?
Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacterial strains and not viruses, as some mistakenly believes. The bacterial strains in question here are either staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. This is an infection which can be easily passed from person-to-person by any form of skin contact.
This contagious skin condition usually starts off as tiny inflamed and red raised skin spots, and at a rather fast rate turn into fluid-filled blisters that burst open and ooze out the fluid material, which when dried and crusted, look like honey crystals.
Recurrence of Impetigo
Unlike herpes, a condition brought on by virus, where the microorganisms lie dormant in the nerve endings even after successfully getting it treated, and becomes active when triggered; the impetigo causing bacteria does not lie dormant. Hence, when the condition is effectively gotten rid of with successful eradication of the bacteria, the infection ‘cannot come back again’. An individual, who had a prior impetigo episode, can only get re-infected by the infection by coming in contact with someone else who has the infection. There is no other way for this infection to re-appear.
Antibiotic topical applicants in a cream or ointment base are usually sufficient to effectively cure this skin infection, but when diagnosed early. In case the infection is more widespread, then antibiotic creams in combination with antibiotic oral pills will be required to check the growth of bacteria and its spread.
There is a possibility for the bacteria to develop resistance to a certain antibiotic used, at which time repeated antibiotic trails will have to be carried out to cure the condition.
Natural Treatment Options for Impetigo
Because impetigo is highly contagious, it is not recommended that patients try home remedies only to find a cure for this condition. Antibiotic creams and pills should be put to use initially, and usually within a couple of days starting the antibiotic treatment, the patient will not be able to transfer their infection.
Natural treatment methods can be used along with antibiotic treatment though, to support the body in healing the open sores in a quick manner.
– Apply tea tree oil (100%) over the blisters directly several times in a day. This natural oil can kill bacteria in an effective manner, and is safe for the skin when topically applied, seldom causing irritation or inflammation.
– Turmeric is a powerful antibacterial agent, popularly used in Indian cuisine. Freshly powdered turmeric powder mixed with rose or plain water and applied over the open blisters will kill the infection.
Turmeric taken internally will also help the body in fighting against the infection. Boil a glass of milk, add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, simmer for some time and remove from flame. Cool and drink before bedtime every day until the infection heals.
Natural cures for skin disorders have been followed for thousands of years, but in the case of impetigo, traditional treatment methods should be the first line of therapy. Seek medical help immediately to prevent its spread.